TUESDAY, November 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

CHILDISM:
A PSYCHOANALYTIC EXPLORATION OF PREJUDICE AGAINST CHILDREN


presenter: Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Ph.D.
was on the faculty of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and now lives in Toronto. She is a member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society.

discussant: Samuel Abrams, M.D.
is a Clinical Professor at the Psychoanalytic Institute of New York University Medical Center.

This lecture advances the proposal that there is a prejudice against children, which could be called “childism”, that is comparable psychodynamically to prejudices like anti-Semitism, racism and sexism. It will be argued that prejudices serve three fundamental purposes – elimination, sexual exploitation, and erasure of identity -- each of which reflects defenses of a specific sort: obsessional, hysterical, and narcissistic, respectively. Childism is a complex prejudice that can serve all three purposes, and reflect all three characterological defense types. Further, childism utilizes images and stereotypes of children or childhood that can be referenced to its three basic forms.

Educational objectives:
After attending this meeting, the participant will:
1. Be able to situate childism within the spectrum of social prejudices.
2. Be able to delineate the psychodynamic underpinnings of childism.